Scoring chances – Buffalo @ Phoenix

Updated: January 31, 2014 at 2:50 am by Cam Charron

For those of you unawares, Dimitri Filipovic and I have a running bet each week during the slate of Saturday games. The loser must watch a game of the winner’s choosing… and record scoring chances. This week, I had the pleasure of watching the Phoenix Coyotes and the Buffalo Sabres. It was the teams’ first meeting since #BUTTGOAL, but, alas, there was to be no legendary moment during the rematch. The only somewhat interesting sequence was when rookie referee Trevor Hanson got hit in the face with a puck after the ricochet off the crossbar from an Oliver Ekman-Larsson shot.

The Sabres won 3-2, but obviously didn’t deserve the victory, being out-shot 40-28. ExtraSkater page for the game is here, and the scoring chances are below.

Individual differentials:

BUFFALO Chances For Chances Vs. Chances +/-
26 – Matt Moulson 4 5 -1
28 – Zemgus Girgensons 5 5 0
63 – Tyler Ennis 4 6 -2
9 – Steve Ott 1 7 -6
19 – Cody Hodgson 1 7 -6
23 – Ville Leino 1 6 -5
37 – Matt Ellis 0 0 0
65 – Brian Flynn 0 2 -2
84 – Philip Varone 1 0 1
24 – Zenon Konopka 0 0 0
27 – Matt D’Agostini 0 1 -1
82 – Marcus Foligno 1 0 1
4 – Jamie McBain 3 3 0
52 – Alexander Sulzer 3 3 0
5 – Chad Ruhwedal 0 3 -3
20 – Henrik Tallinder 0 4 -4
6 – Mike Weber 3 6 -3
57 – Tyler Myers 3 7 -4
       
PHOENIX Chances For Chances Vs. Chances +/-
11 – Martin Hanzal 7 3 4
17 – Radim Vrbata 8 2 6
34 – Tim Kennedy 7 1 6
18 – David Moss 3 2 1
19 – Shane Doan 2 1 1
63 – Mike Ribeiro 3 1 2
28 – Lauri Korpikoski 3 2 1
50 – Antoine Vermette 3 2 1
89 – Mikkel Boedker 2 2 0
12 – Paul Bissonnette 0 2 -2
14 – Jeff Halpern 1 0 1
24 – Kyle Chipchura 0 0 0
4 – Zbynek Michalek 6 5 1
23 – Oliver Ekman-Larsson 5 5 0
3 – Keith Yandle 5 0 5
53 – Derek Morris 3 0 3
5 – Connor Murphy 4 1 3
6 – David Schlemko 3 1 2

Some notes…

Buffalo is very top-heavy. Their bottom six did a good job of shutting down events both ways, but Zemgus Girgensons is my first star on the night. Led the Sabres in on-ice chances for, wound up with an even differential, and actually scored the shorthanded go-ahead goal early in the third.

Ditto Phoenix. The line centred by Martin Hanzal was all over the Sabres, with Radim Vrbata generating a lot of chances off the rush and the cycle game. Hanzal led the game with 7 shots and Vrbata had 5. That slacker, Tim Kennedy, only had one.

It’s no secret that Oliver Ekman-Larsson is having a tough year, and though he’s been reunited with a healthy Zbynek Michalek, he’s still bleeding shots against. Buffalo only got anything going when OEL was on the ice in this game.

Here are team totals:

  EV BUF EV PHX PP BUF PP PHX SH BUF SH PHX Tot. BUF Tot. PHX
1 3 9 0 1 0 0 3 10
2 3 2 1 1 0 0 4 3
3 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 2
                 
Total 6 13 1 2 1 0 8 15

We hope this exercise has been enlightening as well as educational.

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